EACS set to reveal survey results

East Allen County Schools

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – East Allen County Schools will release the results of an online survey conducted in January that will help officials gauge the perception of the district.

The survey, made available on the EACS website, was conducted for two weeks and allowed district employees, students, parents, and members of the community to answer a series of questions about the school district.

The results of the survey are unscientific.

A district spokesperson said 452 people responded to the survey. A committee of parents, teachers, and administrators helped form the questions which included 17 multiple choice questions and two open-ended questions.

School board members and EACS Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Folks have already seen the results. The district will make a presentation to the public at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

EACS conducted a similar survey in 2012 that painted a grim picture of the district – at least as far as the public was concerned.

That survey, as presented to the school board, showed a lack of confidence in then-Superintendent Dr. Karyle Green. Survey respondents also spoke of a negative feeling from central office administrators. Respondents felt school board members were serving the interests of their specific electoral districts opposed to serving the EACS district as a whole.

Former East Allen Superintendent Daryl Yost facilitated hundreds of focus groups and compiled the survey results. Back then, nearly a thousand people participated.

The timing of the 2012 survey came in the middle of a series of difficult decisions for officials. Several elementary schools had been closed and Harding High School was being transitioned to a college readiness school.

However, the results of the 2012 survey were not all negative.

English as a second language (ESL) teachers were highly praised, as were most teachers in general. The transition of students from Harding to other high schools was noted as many survey respondents thought the district handled the move smoothly.

Two years after the survey, EACS has taken steps to address the negative perceptions.

Folks now serves as superintendent following the 2013 resignation of Green (a year before her contract was set to expire.) Test scores from iSTEP+ and iREAD have continued to increase. Redesign plans continue moving forward, including renovations at Woodlan and Heritage high schools into K-12 campuses.

Several new school board members have since been elected after some chose to run for re-election.

Tuesday’s school board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the administration building next to New Haven High School.


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